WEST WHITTIER >> A bomb squad responded to a residential neighborhood in South Whittier and “rendered safe” a makeshift bomb found inside a home on Thursday, authorities said.
The incident began just after 2:40 p.m. when a resident of the 7800 block of Broadway in the unincorporated county area called deputies to report finding an “improvised explosive device” inside a home, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Noe Garcia said.
A woman found the device as she was cleaning out the belongings of her ex-boyfriend following his arrest the previous day on alleged weapons violations, the lieutenant said.
She called authorities upon discovering the bomb upon her ex-boyfriends possessions, Garcia said. It was made from a soda can packed with explosive powder and was fitted with a fuse.
A sheriff’s Bomb Squad was summoned to scene and ultimately detonated the device under controlled circumstances in the front yard of the home, officials said.
Only the home where the device was found was evacuated during the process, according to Garcia.
The alleged owner of the explosive device, 34-year-old Daniel Saucedo, is expected to face charges of possession of a destructive device in addition to the original weapons violations, Garcia said.
According to county booking records, he was being held in lieu of $130,000 bail.
PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department